Roma join Benteke race
Roma have joined Juventus and Milan in tracking Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke.
‘No Europe helped Roma’
Former Napoli player Moreno Ferrario believes Roma are only ahead of the Azzurri because they have had no European commitments this season.
Balotelli ‘wasting talent’
Hernan Crespo believes Milan striker Mario Balotelli is still missing some of the ingredients needed to make a great player.
Zaccheroni to leave Japan?
CalcioNews24 are reporting that Alberto Zaccheroni could be set to leave his position as Coach of the Japanese national team after the World Cup.
D’Ambrosio thanks Inter
Inter’s Danilo D’Ambrosio has thanked his Nerazzurri teammates and Coach Walter Mazzarri for helping him settle into life at San Siro.
‘Benitez gave up on league’
Former Napoli player Massimo Crippa believes Azzurri boss Rafa Benitez gave up on chasing the Scudetto half way through the season.
Padelli unsure of future
Torino goalkeeper Daniele Padelli says he is still unsure whether he will remain with the Granata long term.
Essien suffers thigh injury
Milan have announced that midfielder Michael Essien has suffered an injury in his right thigh.
Matchday 32 referees announced
The refereeing allocations for the 32nd Matchday of Serie A fixtures have been announced. A full list can be seen below.
Milan ‘returning to normal’
Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia believes his side have turned the corner and are now playing as a Rossoneri team should do.
Lopez ‘nearly joined Lazio’
Sampdoria’s Maxi Lopez says he came close to signing for Lazio ahead of the match between the sides this weekend.
‘Napoli must be consistent’
Pepe Reina says Napoli need to show more consistency in future if they want to challenge to win the Scudetto any time soon.
‘Parma condition not excellent’
Parma’s Antonio Benarrivo admits his side’s collective physical condition is not currently as good as it could be.
Guidolin on Di Natale and Scuffet
Udinese Coach Francesco Guidolin says anyone believing Antonio Di Natale would not have done well at a bigger club is very wrong.
Mancini back to Inter?
Former Inter Coach Hector Cuper says the Nerazzurri are ready to make an approach to Roberto Mancini to return to the club.
Agent: Zaza aiming for Juve
Simone Zaza’s agent says the player is targeting reaching double figures in goals scored for the season, and then a future at Juventus.
‘Gasperini has done excellently’
Renzo Ulivieri has praised Gian Piero Gasperini for having ‘done excellent things’ during his spell with Genoa.
Lo Monaco: Just two wins!
Pietro Lo Monaco has urged his former side Catania to keep pushing in the field: “Just two wins and the enthusiasm would return.”
Napoli target Reina, but…
Napoli are seen as eager to keep Pepe Reina beyond the summer, but face delays on agreeing to his salary request.
Agent: Evra? Things have changed
Patrice Evra’s agent has suggested the Inter target could be on his way out of Manchester United this summer.
Milan target Russia, UAE bids
The Corriere della Sera speculate that parties from Russia and the United Arab Emirates could be interested in investing in Milan.
Inter plan summer strategy
Samir Handanovic, Ricky Alvarez, Fredy Guarin and Mauro Icardi are the players Inter reportedly could sell in the summer.
‘There won’t be another Perugia, but…’
Alessio Tacchinardi is certain Juventus won’t experience another ‘Perugia’, but sees the Bianconeri ailing in Roma’s late charge.
‘Europa could be Juve’s first step’
Youri Djorkaeff has urged Juventus to take the Europa League seriously, considering it a possible ‘first step’ towards Champions League success.
Botta: Inter want Europe
Ruben Botta has reiterated Inter’s hopes of making European qualification by the season’s end, as he also reflects on early life at the club.
Thiago expects Milan change
Thiago Silva revealed he ‘often speaks’ to Clarence Seedorf and he expects Milan’s situation to ‘change a lot’ by next season.
What the papers say...
Today's front-page headlines from Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.
CL: PSG and Real run riot
PSG beat Chelsea 3-1 with Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore decisive, while Real Madrid crushed Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Maicon: 'Gap is Roma's fault'
Douglas Maicon insisted the eight-point gap between Roma and Juventus “is all our own fault.”
Reina: 'No Napoli talks yet'
Pepe Reina’s agent denied reports he had rejected a Napoli contract offer. “We haven’t started negotiations yet.”
Taddei: 'I still enjoy myself'
Rodrigo Taddei thanked Roma Coach Rudi Garcia for renewing his enthusiasm for the sport after his first goal since 2011.
Donadoni: 'Roma and Juve...'
Roberto Donadoni said Parma are still in the running for the Europa League, while Roma impressed him more than Juventus.
Garcia laments Parma goal
Rudi Garcia couldn’t be entirely content with Roma’s 4-2 victory over Parma. “Their second goal made me angry.”
Elkann: 'I hope Inter lose'
Juventus patron John Elkann stirred up controversy by declaring: “I hope Inter keep on losing.”
Pjanic: 'Nothing is finished'
Miralem Pjanic reassured fans “nothing is finished” for the Scudetto race, but his Roma contract renewal is “certain.”
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